REVIEW: The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock
July 25, 2017
SYNOPSIS: Having sex wasn't a big priority while Kat Carmichael's successful cupcake shop was taking off. But when she realizes that it's been nearly two years since she and her boyfriend, Ryan, have been intimate, she makes a pact to break her dry spell-and cure her vaginismus, a muscular condition that can make sex physically impossible.
Out of guilt, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, so that he can see other people while she attempts to fix the issue on her own. She throws herself into physical therapy, but soon discovers her solo mission is more complicated than she anticipated. Fortunately, Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, is also a physical therapist, and volunteers to help out.
As time goes on, however, the boundaries Ben and Kat have set between friendship and love quickly become blurred, leaving her more confused than ever about what to hang on to and what to let go.
GENRE: Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance
RATING: ★★★★☆ / 4 Fun and Frosting Covered Stars!
REVIEW: Okay, so I feel like the official book synopsis does not do this book justice. I mean, technically it's accurate, but it doesn't touch on a very important and hilarious ingredient for the success of this book, which is the female relationships and secondary characters. Somewhere it should say something like:
"Kat, along with her fantastic friends (Shannon, Butter, and Liz), learn to balance relationships, struggles, and cake with all the grace of women who can't stop themselves from making a good vagina joke. Because what's better than a few bawdy jokes between coworkers and friends when you're supposed to be having a serious business meeting?"
Add that tidbit in and you'll have a much better idea of what to expect from this book... because it's also a lot of fun with some truly snicker worthy moments. You'll want to share this book with your girlfriends (I know I do).
Poor Kat and her legitimately broken va-jay-jay. Things are rough and she's having a bit of a meltdown and an epiphany all at once, and this pretty much happens for the entirety of the book. You would think that it would get excessive and annoying but somehow the author manages to weave a hilarious and touching tale until the very last word. I loved it. You would think that creating a story around a vaginal muscular condition would be awkward (especially since the very word is in the book title) or cringeworthy but NO! Heacock writes a book that feels empathetic while also maintaining an amusement that isn't flippant. It's pretty genius.
Plus cake!!! You can never have enough cake and frosting in books. It's a fact. And there are recipes at the very end (which I have every intention of trying out soon) which is one of my favorite book perks, when fiction books surrounding food include recipes at the end. Gimme! ... So the action centers around the ladies and their bakery, which is fantastic because just using Kat and her personal problems as the basis for the entire book would be dull. Instead we get a group of women who are so much fun to read about. Their friendships and banter are where this book truly shines. I couldn't get enough...seriously, Summer Heacock, if you want to write more books about these different women I am so on board (hint hint, wink wink).
I should probably mention the romance, since this is still technically a romance book. Like everything else I've mentioned it's comedic and sweet in equal turns. And also serious when it needs to be. You feel just like one of Kat's friends looking in on the different romantic developments as you read. You want to jump in and give her advice too. The whole situation is complicated in the way that chick-lit romances get complicated, it's a lack of communication (in numerous areas with both the men in her life) but it's also what makes it fun. We don't want things too easy, there needs to room for Kat's antics to entertain us!
You might think that a book that starts with a problem about a vagina and the leading lady's determination to end her 2 year dry spell would be over-the-top naughty and filled with blush-inducing descriptors but that is not the case here. Yes, there are bawdy jokes, and an armful of fake penises at one point, but it doesn't veer into the erotic fiction category at all. In fact any bedroom business is written and treated with the same delicacy and careful cut-aways as cable TV. It's sort of sweet actually and I have no problem recommending this book to my mom, if that helps you gauge the naughty levels (my mom isn't a shy one though, so there's that).
All in all, I really enjoyed the heck out of this book. And if you're looking for a fun chick-lit type book with great characters, bawdy bits and bobs, and lots of cupcakes, then I highly recommend THE AWKWARD PATH TO GETTING LUCKY.